What to Consider When Building a Deck

What to Consider When Building a Deck

Posted by Deck Expressions on May 04, 2019

A deck is a wonderful addition to make to any home. Decks serve as a beautiful place to host your family and friends, but they are also a peaceful getaway for you at the end of a long day at work. If your home doesn’t currently have a deck, it’s not surprising to us that the thought of building one in addition to your home has crossed your mind. If that is the case, there are a few things that you need to take into consideration when you are in the process of building a deck.

In today’s blog post, we are going to touch on a few of the things that you should take some time to think about while designing the deck of your dreams. Visiting the topics that we cover will ensure that you factor in some of the essential components that will play into whether or not your deck can meet all of your expectations.


One of the most important things for you to consider before building your deck will be the overall size that you’d like for it to be. Depending on how you plan to purpose your deck, the size is going to vary. In some instances, a deck is simply going to be used to house a table and a couple of chairs, maybe a grill. If you’re not planning on hosting too many people outside on your deck, then a simple deck that isn’t too large in size will suffice.

On the other hand, if you’re planning on making your deck the ideal place to spend warm, sunny days, you may want to invest in a deck that is a little bit larger. For example, if you are thinking about adding a hot tub or jacuzzi, a full set of deck furniture, and grill or smoker, then a larger deck is the option that’s going to do your dreams justice.

All of this being said, the very first thing that you’re going to need to figure out before any serious planning or investing happens will be what you can add. If you have an HOA, this is going to be determined by them and their regulations. The overall size of your yard and space available may also play a part in determining the size of your new deck.


As with any project that you decide to take on, materials are going to be a significant part of the decisions that you need to make. Of course, you’re going to want to choose materials that are durable and able to handle the use that your deck is going to get, but you also want to make sure that the materials you select can hold up to the unexpected weather that Mother Nature will inevitably bring.

Durability isn’t going to be the only factor that comes into play when choosing materials. The overall appearance of your deck is going to be an essential piece of selecting the right materials for your deck. You want to make sure that you’re choosing deck materials that will compliment the exterior of your home and mesh well with the aesthetics of your home.


The style of your deck will play a part in both the size and the materials that you want to use during the construction, so it’s good to nail this down early on in the project. Given that there are so many different styles for you to choose from, we always suggest doing some research so that you can better determine which style suits your personal taste and the various ways that you plan to purpose your deck. Again, this is one of the factors that you should determine early on so that you can make wise decisions moving forward.


The final point that we’re going to touch on in today’s blog are the different features that you can add to your deck. Depending on how you plan on using your deck, there are many features that you can take advantage of. One of the most common features that we see added to decks is a pergola. Pergolas not only provide a little bit of extra character to a deck, but they offer the opportunity to add lighting, shade, and so much more! If you plan on using your deck quite a bit and investing in the features that will make it an ideal space to spend time, then a gondola is not a bad place to start.

Aside from a gondola, lighting is a feature that we see added quite a bit. Whether you plan on enjoying some of the cool summer nights out on your deck or you have a pet that’s going to be going out on the deck at night, lighting features are never a bad idea. The best part is that you don’t need a gondola to incorporate this feature. There are quite a few deck posts that also feature lighting fixtures in their design.

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